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Google Antitrust

The Surprisingly Optimistic Reason Why Europe Is Battling Google

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 10.01.2015 | Technology

Margrethe Vestager respects Google. She's also, in her capacity as competition commissioner for the European Union, spearheaded a major investiga...

Google Slams Accusations That It's Abusing Power In EU

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.27.2015 | Technology

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Google rejected on Thursday a complaint by Europe's competition watchdog that the Internet giant is abusing its dominance in Web sea...

Too Big to Search

Dan Rockmore | Posted 05.06.2015 | Technology
Dan Rockmore

Access to the world's information is at present almost completely in the hands of a few large companies and largely in the hands of just one. As an aid to thinking rather than shopping, diversity in search might be crucial. Lack of such diversity might be bad for business, but might be even worse for humankind.

EU Antitrust Action Today Is Just the Beginning of Google's Troubles in Europe

Nathan Newman | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Nathan Newman

The announcement today that the European Competition Commissioner has launched an official antitrust action against Google promises to be just the first step in a likely escalation of actions against Google and other big-data platforms increasingly dominating the online -- and, increasingly, the offline -- economic landscape.

Here's A Playbook Of What To Expect In EU vs. Google

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 06.15.2015 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

Google has committed so many abuses, over so many years, that it has hard to know where the European Commission should start. And, I believe, once the filing of complaints and litigation start, there will be additional complaints.

EU Hits Google With Antitrust Charges

Reuters | JULIA FIORETTI AND ALASTAIR MACDONALD | Posted 04.15.2015 | Technology

By Alastair Macdonald and Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS, April 15 (Reuters) - The European Union accused Google Inc on Wednesday of cheating consumers an...

Google Antitrust Case: Can European Institutions Do Anything Other Than Investigate U.S. Tech Companies?

Andrea Stroppa | Posted 06.03.2015 | Technology
Andrea Stroppa

As a true believer in a unified Europe, I dream a continent willing to invest in future generations and ready to support all viewpoints -- a diversity that reinforces a common vision and builds fair opportunities for all European citizens.

Report: Europe Trains Crosshairs On Google

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2015 | Technology

(Reuters) - Europe's competition regulator is preparing the groundwork to file charges against Google Inc in the antitrust investigation over the next...

Scandal of FTC Burying Staff Analysis of Google's Search Advertising Monopoly Power

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Nathan Newman

When a company with an overwhelming dominance of search and search adverting is locking rivals out of so much of the marketplace, it seems that the FTC commissioners should at least discuss why this isn't a problem.

15 Years of FTC Failure to Factor Privacy Into Merger Reviews

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Nathan Newman

In many cases, companies that previously built their businesses on promises not to collect or share personal data then were absorbed by companies without such commitments, betraying the trust users had placed in the original companies.

Google's EU Antitrust Woes Extended

AP | Posted 11.09.2014 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's antitrust body is again rejecting Google's offer to settle a case claiming it abuses its dominant position in I...

Why Antitrust Authorities Should Block Google's Takeover of Nest's 'Smart Home' Business

Nathan Newman | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Nathan Newman

The antitrust problem with Google taking over Nest is not that it will give Nest an unfair advantage in dominating the home appliance sector; it's that it will give Google more data to reinforce its existing search advertising dominance.

No Green Eggs and Ham for Google's Competitors

David Balto | Posted 12.01.2013 | Technology
David Balto

The fact that these new concessions will not please Google's rivals says nothing about the remedies themselves. Rather, it will speak to these competitors' motives to keep this investigation running for as long as possible. Almunia should resist calls to try this approach once again.

Taking on Google's Monopoly Means Regulating Its Control of User Data

Nathan Newman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Business
Nathan Newman

If "big data" is the oil of the information economy, Google has Standard Oil-like monopoly dominance -- and uses that control to maintain its dominant position.

Will The FTC's Google Decision Ignite A Patent War?

Reuters | Andrew Longstreth | Posted 03.08.2013 | Technology

(Corrects identification of attorney Matthew Woods in final two paragraphs) By Andrew Longstreth NEW YORK, Jan 6 (Reute...

Europe Isn't Going To Be Peer Pressured By U.S. Decision On Google

Reuters | Posted 01.05.2013 | Technology

(Reuters) - A decision by U.S. regulators to end a probe into whether Google Inc hurt rivals by manipulating internet searches will not affect the Eur...

The FTC Google Settlement on Essential Patents Rewards Good Faith Bargaining, Deters Both Hold-Up and Hold-Out

David Balto | Posted 03.06.2013 | Technology
David Balto

In a unanimous vote, the Federal Trade Commission announced it has closed its investigation into Google's search practices, concluding that the evidence "does not support" an antitrust case. The FTC cannot stop here.

FTC "Brought Forth a Couple of Mice" in Slapping Google on the Wrist

Nathan Newman | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business
Nathan Newman

As predicted, the Federal Trade Commission has punted any serious action against Google's monopoly dominance. Worse, it turns out the investigation was so narrow and so perfunctory that it's hard to understand what took 19 months to get such a meager result.

Government Finds No Evidence To Claim That Google Is Acting Like A Monopoly

AP | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 03.05.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- Google is agreeing to license certain patents to mobile phone rivals and stop a practice of including snippets from other websites in it...

Google May Not Be Off The Hook Yet

Reuters | Posted 02.17.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which had been expected to wrap up an anti-trust probe into Google within days, will now de...

WSJ: Google Could Emerge Unscathed From Anti-Trust Investigation

Reuters | Posted 02.16.2013 | Technology

(Reuters) - Google may not face any major repercussions from the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) two-year-old anti-trust investigation into its web s...

Proposed Remedies for Regulating Google, Part 4: Privacy Abuses and Forms of Remedy

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 02.04.2013 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

Allowing the mining of these activities should never be the default. Mining a user's outgoing communications of any form should require the user's explicit permission.

Proposed Remedies for Regulating Google, Part 3: Deception and Abuse of Market Power

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 01.30.2013 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

Google is paid by click, so placing the sites most likely to attract clicks on top ensures that Google earns as much as it can. There is nothing wrong with revenue maximization, of course! It is simply important to call a thing what it is, and not another nothing.

Proposed Remedies for Regulating Google, Part 2: Forms of Abuse and Forms of Remedy

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 01.28.2013 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

They do appear to place little or no value on respecting privacy rights of hundreds of millions of Internet users. Maybe one or two punitive assessments, measured in hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, might have a sobering impact on key individuals at the firm.

Proposed Remedies for Regulating Google, Part 1: When Fear Turned to Loathing

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 11.27.2012 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

Laws must regulate Google's behavior, in the U.S. and abroad, and must be clear and unambiguous. And punishments must be sufficiently severe that clearly violating unambiguous laws is demonstrably very bad for Google, for its shareholders, and for its external directors.